Horrors to hoedowns: October events to fall for

Horrors to hoedowns: October events to fall for

International food and art festivals span the Dallas-Fort Worth area this month, along with a healthy dose of Halloween haunting. Remember to check the Web sites of the Texas Ballet Theater, the Fort Worth Symphony and the Fort Worth Arts Council for more entertainment around the metroplex.

Oct. 2 – Oct. 31 – Hangman’s House of Horrors

From a maze of zombies to bloodied hillbillies, Hangman’s will have you horrified in a hurry. These chainsaw chasers are charity savers: with more than 150 volunteers, the net proceeds go to local charities, according to their Web site.

Time: Fri. and Sat. – 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.; last week of Oct, Sun. thru Thurs. – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

City: Fort Worth

Admission: $20 combo for all houses; $16 for main house; $7 and $4 for smaller houses


Oct. 2 – Nov. 1 (plus Friday, Nov. 13) – Cutting Edge Haunted House

If you live in Fort Worth and haven’t been to this haunted house, your life is a shame. Located in the creepy warehouse off Lancaster Avenue, the 235,000 square feet of creatures and ghouls here will scare the knickers right off of you.

Time: Fri. and Sat. – 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.; 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. all other nights – look on Web site calendar for days open

City: Fort Worth

Admission: $28.50 + tax


Oct. 3 – 4 – Cottonwood Art Festival

This festival has not only 240 of the nation’s best visual artists displaying their works, but also an eclectic mix of musicians who will be playing country, jazz, swing, blues, folk and rock music. Both your eyes and ears will be artistically pleased!

Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

City: Richardson

Admission: Free


Oct. 9 – 10 – Musicarte de Fort Worth

From Mexico to the tip of Chile, this festival celebrates the Latino lifestyle with six blocks of downtown dedicated to the food, music, art and dancing of the Americas. Constant music and professional dancing will have your hips moving in no time.

Time: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

City: Fort Worth

Admission: Free


OCT. 9 – 11 – Mid Cities Greek Food Festival

Learn how to dance like a Greek or, more importantly, eat like one with gyros, dolmades, baklava and other treats hand-made by the local Greeks. “Opa” will become your new favorite exclamation!

Time: Fri. and Sat. – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun. – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

City: Euless

Admission: Free


OCT. 15 – 17 – 48th Annual Senior Citizens Fair

Come admire or purchase paintings, jewelry, baked goods and more at the Amon G. Carter Exhibit Hall and choose from more than 25,000 hand-crafted items. What’s so special? All the items are sewn, sculpted, cooked and created by senior citizens 55 years or older.

Time: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

City: Fort Worth

Admission: $5


Oct. 17 – 14th Annual Asian Arts Egg Roll Festival and Health Fair

DOOOONG! That’s the sound of free egg rolls, entertainment and all-around Asian awesomeness. Entertainment includes Maharlika dancers, art exhibits and Kung Fu experts. After eating an eggroll or two, get your flu shot for $15 provided by the Harris Methodist Hospital.

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

City: Grand Prairie

Admission: Free, $3 parking


Oct. 23 – 25 – Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering and Western Swing Festival

Haven’t gotten your fix of country feeling in funky town? Then wear your best boots and chaps to this hoedown, including live music, rodeo events, cowboy poetry and Texas style partying.

Time: Fri. and Sat. – 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

City: Fort Worth

Admission: $25 – Fri. and Sun. One-Day All Access Event Ticket; $25 – Sat. Ticket without Rodeo; $35 – Sat. Ticket with Rodeo


Oct. 24- 5th Annual Stop-Drog-N-Roll Chili Cook-off

Come support local firefighters while enjoying a hot cup of chili in the parking lot of Bass Pro Shops near Grapevine Mills Mall. Pay $5 to receive an all-day sample cup of the competing chilis; the money will go the Williams-Pyro Firefighters’ Fund to support injured or killed firefighters, their families and the equipment needed to run the department.

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

City: Grapevine

Admission: Free


Oct. 31 – Dallas Undy 5000

If you like running around in your underoos then this is the place for you. Before dressing up on Halloween night, come raise awareness for colon cancer by running in the Undy 5000 (5K), where all runners are encouraged to compete in their boxers, briefs or panties. Just remember, it’s an all-ages event.

Time: 9 a.m.

City: Dallas

Admission: $25 before Oct. 10; $30 between Oct. 11 – 27; $40 the day of